On Monday, October 10, Stony Brook University’s award-winning marching band the Spirit of Stony Brook will perform in the 67th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City. The annual parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture, will be broadcast live on WABC-TV from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Leading the Stony Brook procession down Fifth Avenue will be Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.; Richard T. Nasti (’78), a member of the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees and Senior Vice President and CFO of H. J. Kalikow & Co.; and renowned Stony Brook mascot Wolfie. The Spirit of Stony Brook consists of approximately 150 band members including a Dance Team and Color Guard.
“We are excited to be participating in this prestigious parade, but, more importantly, the parade committee will be sponsoring a four-year scholarship for a Stony Brook student,” said Director of Athletic Bands John Leddy.
The Columbus Citizens Foundation, a cultural and philanthropic organization that sponsors the annual parade and is deeply committed to education, will provide a $20,000 four-year college scholarship for a deserving student to attend Stony Brook.
“The invitation to perform in the historic and nationally televised New York City Columbus Day Parade marks yet another milestone in a string of recent accomplishments by the Spirit of Stony Brook and speaks to the wonderful talent, commitment, hard work, and enthusiasm of our students and staff,” said Assistant Dean of Students Jeffrey A. Barnett, who oversees the Office of Athletic Bands. “Our students and their families are, quite simply, thrilled.”